Dr Ruth Mary Allan, Brain Fit for Work and Life – InnovaBuzz 542
Dr Ruth Mary Allan, Brain Health Professional
Our guest in this episode is Dr Ruth Mary Allan, an executive coach, trauma coach, professional speaker & trainer. She is the Lead Certified Brain Health Professional in the UK, trained by the Amen Clinics, a Certified Havening Practitioner & Certified High Performance Coach. She is also a Reservist British Army Officer, ski & mountain leader & Trauma Recovery coordinator.
In our conversation Ruth talked to me about
- Optimizing both the hardware and software of our brain.
- The five pillars of Brain Health – feelings, actions, connection to self, thinking, environment.
- Being curious (not furious) about ourselves.
Tom Ruwitch in episode 483 introduced us to Ruth.
Listen to the podcast to find out more.
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Show Notes from this episode with Ruth Allan, Brain Health Professional
Key points and takeaways from this episode include:
- The brain is our “engine of life”. Brain health should focus on diagnosing the organ, rather than labelling the person.
- Brain health includes AND is much more than mental health.
- The brain has two systems – the hardware (the physical organ) and the software (our mindset).
- The four quadrants of well being are emotional (feelings), physical (actions), mental (thinking) and spiritual (connection)
- We should appreciate the gifts we have and often they are conditions which society has given negative labels to. If we appreciate the gifts, we can leverage the skills.
- Our environment has a great impact on our brain well being.
- Each of us has a unique brain with a unique brain print and unique skill set.
- Our brain runs everything. It’s reponsible for how we feel, how we think, how we act, how we connect with ourselves, other people and the world around us.
- How we connect with ourselves internally determines how we connect with others externally.
- We have up to 90,000 thoughts a day, many of them unconsciously and those thoughts drive our emotions which drive our actions.
- Changing our surroundings can change our brain – that’s the physical environment and the people we surround ourselves with.
- Pausing and reflecting is really important to recognizing what’s going on in our unconscious mind.
The Buzz – Our Innovation Round
Here are Ruth’s answers to the questions of our innovation round. Listen to the conversation to get the full scoop.
- #1 thing to be more innovative – Don’t constrain yourself to societal norms. Get out of the box.
- Best thing for new ideas – Believe in yourself and have a growth mindset.
- Favourite tool for innovation – Pen and paper or a whiteboard.
- Keep project/client on track – Regular check-ins, in a personal way.
- Differentiate – Be you! Understand what your strengths are at a deep level and understand what you bring to the table.
Get curious with yourself – when you have an emotional reaction to something, get curious (not furious)! Get curious about the emotion, the thoughts, the connections. Get curious about everything in life and you’ll start to see things from such a different perspective and learn more about yourself and other people.
You can reach out and thank Ruth through her website.
Ruth suggested we have a conversation with Michael Unbroken, author of Think Unbroken; Author and Life Coach, Robert Pardi; entrepreneur, life & business transformation coach, Daniel Mangena; author of “Tears of Hope: Seeing Light from the Shadows,” Aimee Kodachian on future InnovaBuzz Podcast episodes.
- Website – ruthmaryallan.com
- Podcast – Brain Health: Unchaining Your Pain
- Instagram – @ruthmaryallan
- Twitter – @ruthmaryallan
Ruth has kindly created an exclusive coupon code just for listeners of the InnovaBuzz Podcast. This code can be used on any programmes available to purchase through her website: simply enter INNOVABUZZ10 to get 10% off.
Cool Things About Ruth
- Ruth completed a PhD in Medical Imaging and Spectroscopy Applied to Dermatology at the University of Cambridge and was the first in the world to image skin cancer using Terahertz technology. This led her to giving international talks around the world on her research, and she was an inventor on two patents
- Ruth is a guest judge on Imperial College’s Faculty of Natural Science Make a Difference Competition.
- In her spare time Ruth enjoys cycling, mountaineering, climbing and ski touring. She is married to Dave, who is her rock and guiding star and mum to Lilly, who brings the joy wherever she goes!
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